Written by Admin Wednesday, 07 July 2010 21:54 FIVE UNDERRATED SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS http://www.jbscouting.com/index.php/blog/677-five-underrated-preseason With word spreading of the grades by National Scouting to all the major media outlets and preseason rankings appearing we have decided to look at five players who we feel are underrated at this point and should see their stock climb if they perform to the level we expect this fall. DE ALEX COOK, FORT VALLEY STATE Cook is an undersized end at just 6'2 3/8, 221 pounds but has the speed, quickness, and athletic ability to make the transition to outside linebacker. Cook's stock is somewhat hazy at this point as most probably don't know him due to playing in just five games last year. His senior season will be just about all the film that scouts will have to evaluate but there were glimpses of how good he really is in the five games he played last year. Cook tallied five sacks in those games showing good burst, speed and quickness off the edge, and his ability to strip ball carriers creating turnovers. Keep an eye on Cook this fall as he could be a real surprise All-America selection and a potential late round or priority free agent selection who has gone almost virtually unknown by most media outlets. FS MARK LEGREE, APPALACHIAN STATE LeGree is a well known name and his tape is quite impressive but is still considered a priority free agent or borderline draft pick by most despite the fact he is a two-time All-American, has great ball skills, and has been a playmaker for the Mountaineers since taking over in the starting lineup. Part of the lack of high projections could be the fact that LeGree did not run for scouts in the spring but you can see his closing and top end speed on tape to know he has what it takes to play at the next level. ASU has been very good at producing NFL talent at safety with several players playing in the NFL such as Matt Stevens, Corey Hall, and currently Corey Lynch. There is no reason not to expect LeGree to continue that legacy. He is a smart, hard-working player whose production (17 INTs in 2 yrs) and hard-hitting style of play have made him a household name in the FCS community and could vault him into the 3rd-5th round before it is all said and done. CB KOREY LINDSEY, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Okay we will admit that cornerback is usually a hard position to project, right up there with the offensive line, however, we feel the only reason folks have him as a borderline draft pick or priority free agent is the fact he lacks ideal measurables at 5'11 183 pounds and 4.53 speed. If Lindsey were 6'0 190 and ran in the 4.4s he would certainly be a top 125 projection in our minds and we think he could at least get to the 4.4 range in his 40 before the draft. Lindsey shows great ball skills, range, and very fluid hips. The two-time All-American can shed blocks, tackle in space, and is rarely beat. His 13 picks in three years are impressive considering that quarterbacks have been scared to throw his way for the last year and a half or so and many of his numbers have come due to his superior speed and quickness. It is rare for a junior to be named an AFCA All-American with only a hand full attaining that honor each year but Lindsey did it and is certainly a player we feel has 3rd-5th round type talent instead of free agent or late round talent that most are pegging him at right now. WR TYSSON POOTS, SOUTHERN UTAH Poots has been one of the top receivers in FCS over the last three years after breaking onto the scene in 2007 with over 400 yards and three touchdowns and seeing his numbers sky rocket ever since. In 2008 he earned first team All-Great West honors with 83 catches for 1,236 yards and 14 touchdowns and despite missing three games last season he still hauled in 85 catches for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns. Poots has great size (6'2, 222) but did not run for scouts and expect him to run in the 4.6s. That could be why most have him labeled as a low end priority free agent. While he won't wow you at a combine or pro day he simply makes plays in pads with great hands, good route running, and the ability to get open. While he is not blazing fast he is still able to separate from defenders better than last year's All-Americans Terrell Hudgins, Tim Toone, and Marc Mariani, all of whom are currently in NFL camps. We think Poots is a solid late round type prospect who won't go high because he won't blaze a 4.45 or better but should be taken late and could be a solid 4th option that will continue to be a pain in the butt for corners because he always gets open and doesn't drop passes. RB MON WILLIAMS, EASTERN ILLINOIS His size (6'1 3/8, 215) and likely 4.50 speed show up well on tape and he produced very well in the carries he got with 870 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground while catching just five passes for 29 yards. Williams needs to more touches to really show his pass catching ability and wear teams down more with his pound it downhill running style and is a player we expect to get those needed touches and should surpass 1,000 yards easily this season. Williams transferred from Florida due to a lack of playing time and while he certainly has gotten more of it at EIU he should get even more carries as a senior after showing the ability to be a big time feature back that could ultimately land in the NFL. Most scouting sources have him as a free agent at this point and while we have him as a priority free agent he is a player we have marked as a likely riser who could land in the 4th or 5th round when all is said and done.